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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 12, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jesse P. Lords, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Tourie Bryant.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Tracy L. Alcock, Assistant Attorney General; Glenn Funk, District Attorney General; and Megan King, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Tourie Bryant, appeals the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. He pled guilty to one count of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, a Class C felony, and received a six-year sentence in the Department of Correction. On appeal, he contends that his guilty plea was not entered knowingly and voluntarily because he was denied the effective assistance of counsel. Specifically, he contends that trial counsel was ineffective by: (1) failing to properly communicate with the petitioner; and (2) failing to “properly articulate” that the petitioner was waiving his right to appeal the denial of his motion to suppress by pleading guilty and failing to provide the petitioner with an opportunity to review the plea agreement terms prior to his acceptance. Following a thorough review of the record before us, we affirm the denial of post- conviction relief.